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Internship Program

Would you like to experience the thrill of cutting-edge historical research?
Get involved. Be part of the team of an ERC-Advanced Grant Project!

The RUTTER team welcomes students and researchers of any level willing to contribute to the project, both through remote collaborations or working at our location, at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon. While the main focus of research is the history of science, the team is multi-disciplinary and related disciplines can be considered for an internship. From working with archival materials and editing documents, to digital humanities and the setting up of databases, we have a bit of everything. If you have some special linguistic skills (Arabic, Farsi, Mandarin), we are even more interested. We offer an informal, international, and very dynamic environment, where senior and junior researchers will support visiting researchers developing their work.

Although the cooperation is on a voluntary basis, some funding opportunities exist like the Erasmus program, COST short-term scientific missions and the ‘Visit to ERC grantee’ Fellowship Programmes 2020. We’ll be glad to help potential applicants to explore these possibilities.

Possible activities to develop under the supervision of RUTTER members include but are not limited to:

  • Study and transcription of manuscript documentation from the 16th and 17th century;
  • Document search and classification, via online catalogs and archival search;
  • Participation in the activities of the research team (meetings, seminars, conferences, etc.).

Coordinator of the RUTTER internship program: Silvana Munzi

Master and PhD thesis

During the lifespan of the project, we can support master and PhD students develop their thesis work (no financial support will be provided). We warmly encourage multi- and inter-disciplinary approaches including biology, ecology, art, mathematics, physics, science communication, social science and any other field with potential links to history of science. Feel free to contact us to discuss possible research topics.


While we are pleased to discuss your ideas, here there are some proposals from the RUTTER team. In general, proposals can be adapted to the characteristics of the applicant in terms of duration, required skills and expected goals.

  1. From Early Modern Manuscript to 21st Century Digital Text (info)
    Keywords: paleography, digital humanities, text encoding
  2. Arabic Text from Manuscript to Contemporary Digital Formats (info)
    Keywords: paleography, digital humanities, text encoding, Arabic text
  3. A critical edition of the Philosophical Voyage of Alexandre Rodrigues Ferreira (info)
    Keywords: Scientific Expeditions; Brazil; Alexandre Rodrigues Ferreira
  4. Inside RUTTER: the dark side of an ERC project (info)
    Keywords: Science Media and Communications, Visual Arts, Educational Science
  5. Mapping Science in motion: the Portuguese India Run rutters in the Early Modern Period (info)
    Keywords: Nautical rutters; History of Science; Nautical science; Nautical logbooks; Etnography

A final report will be asked at the end of the collaboration.

To express you interest, please contact us at

Centro Interuniversitário de História das Ciências e da Tecnologia
Faculdade de Ciências, Building C4
Campo Grande, 1749-016 Lisbon, Portugal

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